A woman’s hands.

I just noticed something. Obama took the Presidential Oath on Lincoln’s bible. Everybody knows that – every journalist I’ve read all day emphasised that point. Then I looked at the photo: his wife was holding the bible at the time.

Obama swore the Presidential Oath on a Bible, but also on a woman’s hands.

Maybe there is some magical or symbolic significance to this?

Just a thought.

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15 Responses to A woman’s hands.

  1. toya121 says:

    I think you’re right:)
    every girl wants their guy to look at them like he looks at Michelle.

  2. uncledark says:

    I doubt that there is any intentional magickal significance. However, I would not be surprised to hear that the President (gods it’s good to say that) did intent some symbolism about equality, or his value of his wife’s help and support.

  3. samgillogly says:

    Oh wow, I did not even see that before. Probably because I was wedged inside a wall of people all trying to watch it on the same screen! (see my last post). Thanks for noticing this, Bren. I hope you are right. We definitely need some balance restored in the kind of wisdom our leaders use to make decisions.

    Actually, my mom also noticed something interesting during the broadcast, which I also didn’t catch. Apparently Laura Bush was having a tough time making it down the stairs after the ceremony (whether because of the cold, or her shoes, or whatever the case was); and at one point Michelle Obama actually took Laura’s arm and helped her down the steps. I thought that was incredibly gracious of her.

  4. darakat_ewr says:

    A google search told me pretty much what you suspect there is some symbolic and religious possibly magical element of the womens hands, the addition of the bible possibly adds to it. However it may also just be that Obama wanted to know his wife would be by his side and it was symbolic of that.

  5. wire_mother says:

    probably not intentional, but it does resonate with the northern European pagan idea that sovereignty is given from a woman’s hands (see Lady With A Mead Cup for extensive discussion).

  6. ninthraven says:

    Intentionally magical? Probably not. Lydon Johnson was the first president, according to the Internets, to have his wife hold the bible during the swearing in.

    Actually magical? Probably.

  7. wildwolflupa says:

    If you think about it, who are the two people you can never lie too? The gods, and your spouse. Or at least your not supposed to. They are the two closest being to you. Your faith and your heart. So having her hold the bible and having him sworn in, is very powerful in the symbolism itself.

    The two things you would die for, live for, and fight for.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I recently read an article saying presidents traditionally have the Bible open for the oath, and choose a symbolically appropriate passage to put their hand over – unless, like Lincoln, they just flipped it open at random. I’ve been trying since the inauguration to find out which verse Obama chose, before your picture informed me that he kept it closed. That strikes me as significant, even if it was only to protect the precious antique’s pages from the weather.


  9. Anonymous says:

    The bulge

    In case anyone wondered, that bulge on the back of Michelle Obama’s glove is one of those little disposable hand-warmer packets, nothing more. Or so I have been told.

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